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These manipulative buzzwords might be all over your social media feed…

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From par-lay to par-lor, it’s deeply symbolic that right-wing extremists have found refuge in the app

A group sings parlor songs, including “At Coontown’s Picnic,” c. 1905. Photo: Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis via Getty Images.

For one writer, an online language class provided a gateway to understanding his own roots

A large rock marks the entrance to the Wampanoag Tribe’s tribal land on Martha’s Vineyard. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

Power Trip

As scientists have proved, and an awkward encounter with Gwyneth Paltrow has reaffirmed: love it or hate it, the F-word is mighty

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‘Slut’ and ‘hussy’ used to have tame meanings. Then, like so many other feminine nouns, they came to mean ‘prostitute’

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Think she’s dumb, self-involved, hopelessly vain? As if.

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